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Atlanta-based startup raises $19.5M to autism diagnosis and treatment in children

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The Atlanta-based startup, EarliTec Dx, uses digital biomarkers to help diagnose children with autism, today announced a $19.5 million financing led by Bernie Marcus, with participation from the Georgia Research Alliance (GRA).

It developed a tool that uses Dynamic Quantification of Social-Visual Engagement (DQSVE), which quantifies eye-movement and looking behavior, to help diagnose autism.

In 2021, the CDC reported that approximately 1 in 44 children in the U.S. are diagnosed with autism. Early identification and intervention are significant factors in improving lifetime outcomes for children with autism; however, limited access to skilled clinicians and other disparities often delay diagnosis until after the age of four.

“The difference that early identification makes in securing help and support during a very difficult time is significant and can ultimately transform the lives of children with autism and their families,” said Bernie Marcus, co-founder of The Home Depot.

“We are thrilled to be at the forefront of this innovation and to support the evolution of this technology.”

“EarliTec’s ability to measure clinically relevant responses to unscripted social situations is revolutionizing our understanding of the way in which young children with autism learn about their social world,“ said Tom Ressemann, CEO of EarliTec.

“With this insight, we can help parents, providers and caregivers, access earlier diagnosis at a time when effective intervention dramatically improves lifetime outcomes.”